Honey Spotlight: Alfalfa Honey
Let’s take a trip around the world to discover the many honey varieties.
Today, let’s stop in the United States and Canada and let’s explore alfalfa honey. What is alfalfa honey? Whenever I hear the name of this honey, I’m reminded of that cute little character, Alfalfa, of the Little Rascal movie. I used to watch it when I was younger. Another name for this honey is lucerne honey.
This honey’s color is light, almost pale, with a delicate flavor. It is not as sweet as other types of honey. “What is alfalfa?”, you may ask. It is a pretty bluish purple flowering legume that blooms during the summer months.
An interesting thing about alfalfa is that it takes work for the bees to get the nectar from the flower.
The way the flower is designed, when the bees try to get the nectar, they have to really look for it as it is hidden from them. The bee has to put its head against the flower petal, and then the flower hits the bee in the face. Talk about “taking it on the chin.” 🙂 But, they learn to deal with it. Alfalfa honey is also heavy as compared to other types of honey.
Best Uses for Alfalfa Honey:
This honey is an excellent ingredient in homemade vinaigrettes, sauces and salad dressings due to its mild taste and grassy undertones. It goes well with cheeses, particularly Brie, and it is great drizzled over yogurt or warm waffles or biscuits.
Health Benefits of Alfalfa Honey:
- Helps with anemia
- Fever reducer
- Pain reducer
- Nerve calmer
- Lowers blood cholesterol
- Good for diabetes
- Appetite suppressant
So, now you have the answer to the question – “What is alfalfa honey?” The next time you purchase a jar of honey, why not give alfalfa a try. I really think you’ll like this versatile gift to man.
How many of you use and love alfalfa honey? We’d love to hear from you!